How to Put On Football Pads & Jersey
Injuries in football are inevitable, but you can significantly reduce the risk of them if you take some basic steps. Having a good set of pads is a start, but if you don’t wear them properly then you run the risk of serious injury. Read on below for an extensive guide on how to stay safe on the grid iron.
How To Put On Leg Pads
As far as football pads go, these are quite simple because they normally fit into pre-defined slots in the pants or girdle. There are some girdles that actually have preinstalled tailbone and hip pads too. There are other girdles that may require pads to be installed, and certain uniforms house all seven leg pads in the outer pants.
Always remember to turn your garment inside out before installing a pad. Remember also that knee pads always go in your outer pants. They are to be placed into the lowest slots with the flat side on top and the rounded side pointing downwards. Like with any pad, make sure the curvature matches the shape of the leg when you first put your pants on.
For thigh pads, make sure the flat side is pointing upwards and install them in the largest slots that match up with the thighs. Tailbone and hip pads generally slide into their own pockets too (thin side down), although there are some cases where they will snap into pants or girdles.
How to Ensure Shoulder Pads Fit Correctly
For shoulder pads, first of all make sure the longer side (where the straps are) is at the back. The straps are then to be put through the loops at the lower front of the pads. Make sure you pull these straps nice and tight. Outfitting with loose shoulder pads is a classic mistake. If your pads don’t fit well they will natural slide our of position. On the contrary you need your shoulder pads to fit comfortably.
Tip: Remember your football jersey should completely cover your protective gear at all times.
Other Football Padding and Gear
Don’t forget the cup! Technically this isn’t a pad but it’s just as important as anything else. There are other optional pads to consider too. Arm pads are a common one for linemen, for example. If you’re wearing arm pads, make sure the padded side is facing away from the body. For collar pads or neck rolls, just snap them onto the back of the shoulder pads.
How To Know If Your Football Helmet Fits Correctly
Although the helmet isn’t a pad in itself, there are pads inside it that must fit properly in order to keep you safe. Make sure the helmet isn’t loose. If it is loose then it might actually make a potential head injury worse. Make sure the chin pad of your helmet fits snugly under your chin – get this right and the overall helmet will fit properly.
Feel free to contact us at the Uniform Store with any sizing questions relating to team uniforms in relation to protective gear.
How to Buy Mid- and Lower-Body Football Pads
The action on the football field can be rough and tumble. From squaring off with a lineman in the trenches to going head to head with a ferocious linebacker, the sport has a level of physicality few can match. That’s why having the proper protection is essential.
Most football fans may be familiar with larger, more noticeable protective gear like helmets and shoulder pads. But there are smaller pads that are just as important. These include protection for your midsection and lower body.
Pro Tips is here to help make sure you’re fully padded before hitting the gridiron this season.
When it comes to lower-body padding, you’ll need two thigh pads, two knee pads, two hip pads and one tailbone pad.
MATERIALS AND FEATURES
The materials used in lower-body pads, like thigh and knee pads, are lightweight like foam and durable plastics. These pads are comfortable, yet dependable enough to help shield you on impact. These pads also feature ventilated grooves. This can help circulate airflow so that you can stay cool when the action heats up.
Some pads come dipped in a vinyl coating. These pads tend to be heavier, making them better for multi-purpose positions and linemen. Quarterbacks and skill players will want lighter pads that won’t get in the way of mobility or weigh them down.
“SNAP-ON” OR “SLIP-IN”?
Some football pants require you to buy separate pads. These come in either a snap-on or slip-in style.
Before you buy pads for your football pants, you should know the difference between the two:
- Snap-on: You’ll simply connect the pads onto the inside of your pants for added security.
- Slip-in: You’ll place the pads into the pockets attached to your football pants for a secure fit.
Keep in mind you can buy most of these pads in bulk. Not only is this more affordable, but it’s also easier to check off your list of equipment needs.
INTEGRATED FOOTBALL PANTS
A convenient option for lower-body protection is going with integrated football pants. This style of pants comes with pads already sewn in. Integrated pants have lightweight padding in the thighs, knees, hips and tailbone. Constructed of EVA foams, these pads help protect from collisions on the field. All players need to do is put these pants on and focus on scoring the game-winning touchdown.
Remember: It’s important to make sure your integrated pants fit correctly. The padding must cover the appropriate areas. If it doesn’t, it may not work as designed.
Football girdles can house hip pads and a tailbone pad. Like pants, some girdles come in either a slip-in or snap-on variety. Check to see which option your girdle has before buying lower-body pads so you can make the correct purchase. Girdles are available in both youth and adult sizes.
Some styles come with padding sewn in. This can be a convenient option. These girdles combine padding and compression in a single piece of equipment. They can also feature breathable fabrics to keep you cool through the fourth quarter. Learn more about this style of integrated compression gear with DICK’S Pro Tips.
Depending on your position, you may want to invest in either rib protectors or a back plate. These provide added protection around your midsection.
FOOTBALL RIB PROTECTORS
Rib protectors feature cushioned foam padding that surrounds your lower abdomen. They offer protection for both your ribs and lower back. Rib protectors are lightweight and have comfort in mind. They come with ventilation slots to help manage moisture and create breathability. These pads are ideal for quarterbacks, as passing the ball can leave their ribs exposed.
An alternative to rib protectors is a padded base layer. These compression shirts fit securely underneath jerseys and shoulder pads. They offer upper-body protection with padding in the shoulders, ribs and back. The shirt’s compression fit can lessen resistance and doesn’t hinder mobility. These integrated shirts also feature technical fabric. This helps the apparel feel lightweight and breathable as you push the pace.
Should you go with a rib protector or an integrated compression shirt? That comes down to personal preference. However, both options should provide protection to the midsection while you’re playing.
Most rib protectors and integrated compression shirts come in youth and adult sizes, as well.
FOOTBALL BACK PLATES
Back plates feature foam padding encased in a plastic shell to help protect your lower back. They’re usually attached to and hang from the back of the shoulder pads. Back plates can be great for running backs, defensive backs and wide receivers. These positions run the chance of an opponent tackling them from behind. Back plates are lightweight, easily removable and come in youth and adult sizes.
Being protected on the gridiron is essential from youth leagues to the pros. Now that you know what to look for in football pads, you’ll be ready to take the field in your new suit of armor.
Football Thigh, Hip, and Knee Pads Buying Guide
What are the differences between slotted and snap-in pads?
Thigh, hip, and knee pads are designed to fit into or onto a player’s
football pants or football girdle. Players typically wear one of two types of
pants; one with snaps for their pads to attach to, or slots in the fabric where
pads can slide into.
Slotted or snap-in pads tend not to vary in quality, so a slotted pad
is no different than a similar-quality snap-in pad. The difference only
lies in how they attach. For instance, a snap-in hip pad would attach to
the matching snaps on snap-on football pants, while a slotted hip pad
would attach to the hips of a pair of football pants with a belt or in
slots on the pants. The choice between pads and pants is typically based
on personal preference or budget.
Some players use
Integrated Pants or
Integrated Girdles, with the pads permanently sewn in. These do not
require additional padding. Like with most
make sure to select
adult pads or
youth pads, depending on what level you’re playing at.
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Is a lightweight pad better than a traditional weight pad?
That’s a matter of personal preference, but pads deemed “lightweight” are not
simply just lighter than traditional pads. Lightweight pads are less dense, and
in turn, absorb less impact energy than normal pads. Lightweight knee, thigh,
and hip pads keep a player more mobile and agile than other pads, however, you
tend to lose a bit in overall protection when you go lightweight.
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What is a high-rise pad?
The term “high rise” refers to hip pads that stick up higher on the hip,
beyond what normal hip pads cover. They protect more of the hip area from
injuries and impact, making them perfect for youth players. These pads also
tend to restrict movement more than traditional hip pads.
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What is included in 7 piece complete pad sets and 3 piece sets?
All of the pads you need for your lower half are included in complete,
7-piece pad sets.
With complete 7 piece pad sets, you get:
- 2 hip pads
- 2 thigh pads
- 2 knee pads
- 1 tailbone pad
A 3-piece pad set includes everything for your hip-area, including:
- 2 hip pads
- 1 tailbone pad
These sets can be very cost effective if you need a complete pad set
or are replacing many pads.
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What kinds of advancements or technologies have there been in knee, thigh,
and hip pads?
Most pads are made of a durable foam and plastic shell to cushion and
protect vital areas of the body. This design hasn’t changed too much
over the years, but some companies such as Schutt and Gear 2000 have
improved their processes and materials to give the player a more
comfortable and safer experience.
Gear 2000 has developed Z-Cool hip and thigh pads. This patented
design technology has a 3-way air flow system that manages temperature
and moisture, keeping the player cool when the heat is on.
Schutt has developed AiR Flex thigh pads, which use Beaded Brock
Quilt technology to absorb and dissipate the force of impact, reducing
injury and keeping players safe on the field. Schutt also covers the
inside of their pads with an anti-microbial and breathable fabric that
keeps players cool and dry, while preventing the growth of odor-causing
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What kind of football pants do I need with my football pads?
You have three basic choices when it comes to
- Integrated pants
- Slotted football pants
- Snap-In football pants
Integrated pants do NOT require additional football pads. They feature
an entire 7 piece set sewn in permanently, so you’re good to go right
out of the package. Slotted pants require slotted or belt-attached pads,
to fit directly into the slots on the pants. Finally, Snap-In pants
require snap-in pads, that attach onto the pants with durable snaps.
No one type of football pants or pads provide any better protection than
the other, and typically it is a matter of personal preference and
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Gear Up: A guide to proper fit and maintenance of football equipment
It’s important to remember the importance that good gear plays in the safety of youth athletes.
Well-maintained equipment that fits goes a long way toward preventing injuries, and it’s up to each athlete, the athlete’s parents and the athlete’s coaches to ensure that the gear worn by everyone is up to par.
As parents and coaches begin preparations for the upcoming youth football season, we thought it would be helpful to pull together a checklist of all the gear that keeps youth athletes safe. Read on for tips on how to make sure each piece of equipment fits as it should, and how to keep it in gameday condition.
How Should a Football Helmet Fit?
Frank Kuhrasch at Riddell Sports stressed to coaches that helmet fitting should be a part of preseason instruction, even for youth athletes who have been playing the sport since Pee Wee leagues.
“Helmet fitting takes time,” he says. “While every school does it somewhat different, it should
be done in an atmosphere where the player and the individual responsible for fitting can concentrate on the details of the fit. It should not only be an exercise in safety, but an educational experience also (e.g., read the warning label to them and tell them how important it is for them to tell a coach if their helmet is not fitting properly).”
The team at Athletico physical therapy has an excellent checklist for finding the right helmet and gauging its fit:
Start by measuring the athlete’s head circumference, then compare it to available helmet sizes.
Try on the helmet with wet hair to approximate gameday conditions.
It should fit tightly, but still comfortably.
Athletico says the helmet should sit an inch above the brow, and ear holes should align with the ears.
When the fit is right, then you can pull the chin strap around. Note that the strap should easily fit onto the chin and fasten. Don’t use it as a tightening device.
Feel free to tug at the helmet a little to make sure the fit remains even after contact. The doctors at Cleveland Clinic advise players to pull the helmet from side to side and up and down. Laterally, the cheek pads should not slide, they say, and forehead skin should move with the helmet. Vertically, the helmet shouldn’t sag onto the athlete’s nose.
A few more fitting tips from the doctors:
Have someone put a hand on top of the helmet and apply a little bit of pressure. If the pressure feels evenly distributed, that’s a good sign. If it’s concentrated in the front or the back, that’s a sign the fit is poor.
Youth athletes need to wear youth helmets. Adult helmets are too heavy and could cause serious injury to a youth athlete who wears one.
If a visual guide helps, check out the video on sizing a football helmet from Sports Unlimited.
How Should Shoulder Pads Fit?
Riddell has an excellent visual guide to shoulder pad fitting that makes getting this right a breeze:
Measure circumference at the chest and along the contours of the shoulders to get a precise size measurement.
When you find pads in your size, put them on and secure the straps.
There should be no pinching at the collar, and you should still be able to move freely.
In the front: pads should securely cover the chest bone and shoulders.
In the back: pads should securely cover the shoulders.
Other Protective Gear
With pads and helmet fitted properly, you can move on to other safety equipment. At minimum, you will want to buy a mouthguard, a neck roll and an athletic cup. We also suggest a girdle and rib protector.
Here are fitting instructions for all five:
How Should a Mouthguard Fit?
Bobbie Quinn at Gladiator Guards has a four-point checklist to ensure proper mouthguard fit:
You don’t need as much coverage as you might think. Make sure the guard doesn’t extend to the soft palate, which could make you gag.
The guard should, however, cover your gums partially to protect them from cuts.
The guard should fit easily without you having to bite on it or clench your teeth.
The guard should let you still breathe and speak normally.
How Should a Neck Roll Fit?
Neck rolls fit along the back collar of a football jersey, and they’re important for stabilizing the neck during a tackle. Make sure the material is light but durable, sportswriter Colin Linneweber says.
“Despite the need for a clenched fit, the neck roll should still be adjusted in a fashion that allows your neck to breathe comfortably. It is imperative you monitor the neck roll amid play to assure it hasn’t fallen out of its proper alignment.”
How Should an Athletic Cup Fit?
For boys, an athletic cup made of hard plastic or metal is essential in contact sports. Traditionally, they’ve been held in place with jockstraps, but many athletes today prefer compression shorts to keep the cup in place, says the team at the Urology Care Foundation.
As far as size, the foundation’s team says Youth sizes fit boys up until around puberty, at which point they should look for Teen sizes. “For a cup to work, it must fit tightly against the body,” they write. “Choose a supporter with a comfortable but secure-fitting waistband, and leg straps tight enough to prevent rolling or twisting. … [C]heck that the cup and supporter (or compression shorts) are tight enough to prevent movement (but do not pinch) before wearing during a practice or game.”
How Should a Football Girdle Fit?
Football girdles are important for protecting the hips and thighs during a moment of impact. College wrestler Brennen Godeen writes at Campus Men that most girdles match up with waist sizes.
“Once you have tried them on, try pulling them down and moving the hip pads around,” he says. “If they are sliding and moving around very easily, you should consider trying the next lowest size on. You want the girdle to be snug around your waist and hips; you don’t want someone to pull them down in a game or worry about readjusting them every second. ”
How Should a Rib Protector Fit?
Rib pads add another helpful layer of protection. You can find your fit by measuring the circumference of your chest.
“Most rib pads can either be hooked into the bottom of the shoulder pads or worn separately,” Sean Jackson writes at Made Man. “Ribs pads that are attached to shoulder pads should snap into place as extenders are designed on many shoulder pads. Those that are worn with suspenders need to be put on before shoulder pads, to ensure a proper fit.
“Once the rib pads are in, trace around the pad with your fingers to make sure they are not too tight. While their purpose is to protect you, wearing them too tight may cause injury as well. Test them by jogging in place, pivoting and squatting. The pads should stay in place despite the activity.”
For comfort and performance, we recommend looking into both gloves and base layers, which are the clothes worn under the pads.
What Should You Wear Under Your Pads?
T-shirts are fine under uniforms in most cases as long as they’re made of lightweight cotton, which allows for breathability.
That said, many athletes today are opting for compression shirts and compression tights. There is some evidence, Gretchen Reynolds at The New York Times reports, that compression clothings helps with the body’s positioning in space, reduces fatigue and minimizes soreness after practice or a game.
She says that these clothes must fit tightly, which some people find uncomfortable. And to the delight of parents and anyone else around you after a game, you should probably keep the compression tights on for several hours after a game to maximize their benefits.
Just be sure to wash thoroughly afterward.
Gear Maintenance: How to Keep Equipment in Gameday Shape
To ensure your equipment gives you the protection you need for every practice and for every game, it’s crucial that you keep each piece in good shape. This means cleaning regularly, disinfecting when necessary and constantly monitoring for wear and tear.
The inside of your helmet collects a lot of moisture, which is perfect for breeding bacteria that can give off foul odors. Therefore, you’ll want to clean the inside of the helmet regularly.
Coach Ray at Carolina Crusader Football recommends using something gentle such as dish-washing liquid and a couple of rags to clean the helmet. Use the soapy rag to get between the pads, then use a second damp rag to remove the soap. Afterward, leave the helmet to dry away from extreme heat or direct sunlight.
And from time to time, spray the inside of the helmet with a gentle disinfectant.
Your pads require a similar cleaning regiment, Rose Kivi writes at Livestrong. The first step is to leave them to dry out after a game to keep bacteria or mold from growing.
Later, you can give them a light cleaning with a damp rag. Just be sure to polish them afterward with a dry one. Then spray the pads with a gentle disinfectant. And when the season is over, Kivi says, have the pads professionally cleaned and sanitized.
Finally, make sure to take care of your cleats, because they definitely take care of you on the field. Jay Berks, a New York-area preps football player and the video blogger at East Coast Sneaker Head, has a helpful video tutorial for getting your cleats looking just like new:
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Should I Wear a Girdle Under Football Pants?
Football involves aggressive physical contact, but also requires speed and agility. Equipment manufacturers strive to find new ways to protect football players without cumbersome padding and extra clothing. One such innovation has been the football girdle, whose advancements in material and design technology make the garment less inhibiting and more protective than previous versions of football undergarments.
Football Girdle Description
The football girdle is a thin sleeve of material worn under the outer shell of football pants. The traditional girdle, basically a pair of pants beneath the football pants, features stitched pockets to hold a protective cup and pads for the thighs, hips and tailbone. Once standard equipment, girdles faded from popularity as many players moved away from wearing lower-body padding in an effort to gain speed.
Although some football players find the idea of wearing another layer of clothing too restrictive, the football girdle provides improved safety, particularly for running backs and players who receive excessive contact. The girdle’s main benefit is that it keeps all padding in place, ensuring optimum protection. Without a girdle, thigh pads, hip pads and tailbone pads may shift, exposing the body to injury. New girdle designs enhance protection even further, adding extra padding at key contact points.
Modern football girdles do more than simply provide secure pockets for padding. Manufacturers make girdles from compression material, allowing the girdle to flex and move with the body. The fabric’s design often delivers improved air flow and moisture wicking to keep athletes cool and dry, while antimicrobial fibers help reduce odor. Many newer girdles also feature a series of small hexagon-shaped foam pads stitched directly into the girdle to protect the hips and tailbone; these allow for protection without the weight of a bulky external pad.
Reasons to Wear a Football Girdle
When deciding whether or not to wear a football girdle, weigh your need for comfort against your desire for protection. Some players, especially wide receivers who line up on the outside and who rarely venture over the middle, may prefer to not wear a girdle for fear of losing quickness, since they seldom take big hits to the legs. However, thanks to technology, girdles have become lighter and more comfortable, perhaps making the decision to not wear a girdle an unnecessary risk in a contact sport.
The Simple Guide to Purchasing & Fitting Football Gear –
Football equipment and apparel is worn from head to toe. Every website, including ours, has size charts with the appropriate measurements to help choose your gear. The purpose of this blog is to share our 30 years of fitting our customers to simplify the process. We’ll start with the head and finish at the toes.
There are many choices of helmets out there but the basic requirements are similar. First, the proper way to put on a helmet is to use the thumb, index and middle fingers through the holes on each side of the helmet to stretch open the sides and pull the helmet down over the head. The helmet should sit 1/2-1 inch over the brow and the ears should show through the holes. Sometimes the bottom of the ear lobes get caught under the jaw pads, just use a finger to lift the earlobe above the edge of the jaw pad.
The jaw pads come in a variety of sizes, typically from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches to accommodate various face shapes, from the angular to the full. The helmet should feel snug but not uncomfortably tight, we use the “neck shake” test, the helmet should move very slightly with this action, if it moves significantly, it is too large, if there is no give at all the helmet is too tight. Similarly if the forehead is red after removing the helmet, this is also an possible indication that the helmet is too tight.
Helmets come with various types of protective systems and materials, depending upon brand and type. The choice to be made is up to the individual, and depends on the age of the participant and the budget of the purchaser. We hold to one important rule. Youth helmets are NOT to be worn by participants older than 14, as they are typically not made to withstand the hits of larger and stronger opponents.
An important accessory for the helmet is the chinstrap.Helmets come with a vinyl four prong strap which can be attached in a “low” manner, where the four snaps are attached to the four snaps at the bottom of the helmet, or in a “high” manner, two straps attached to the outside bottom snaps and two straps attached to the top helmet snaps. While this is personal preference, we find the “high” hookup to be more secure.
Various companies offer hard plastic chinstraps lined with various gels or foams which we believe offer the chin in particular and the entire head more protection. We find them to be easier to adjust for the best helmet fit and recommend them highly as a replacement for the vinyl straps.
To protect the hair from irritation, and to compress long hair or braids to ensure a proper helmet fit, various skull caps or head ties are a useful accessory. In addition, utilize a cloth with some warm water and a light , non-toxic cleanser to keep the helmet clean, free from bacteria and smelling ok (they can get awfully funky, take my word).
Helmet facemasks come in a variety of shapes and colors. They are specific to helmets and brands, i.e., a Schutt Vengeance helmet requires a Schutt Vengeance facemask. The shapes vary by position, quarterbacks and wide receivers wear facemasks open at the top to provide the widest vison angle possible, such as a ROPO. Running backs wear facemasks with a smaller opening and bars to protect their eyes from inadvertent pokes, such as EGOP and EGOP2 models. Fullbacks and linebackers, who do the blocking and hitting, wear multi barred models such as ROPO DW, and linemen typically wear longer facemasks such as RJOP UB DW.
FOOTBALL EYESHIELDS / VISORS
Visors have grown tremendously in popularity over the last number of years. They are offered in adult and youth sizes, and prevent debris and opposition’s fingers from injuring the eyes. From pee wee through college, clear visors are required so the eyes can be seen clearly in regard to concussion determination.
Doctors notes are typically necessary to allow tinted visors to be worn. Certain associations and semi-pro organizations allow them as well, but it is essential to be aware of what is legal where you play.The visors are offered in different tints based on a percentage of light allowed in. 60% visors allow 60% of the light in and so on, so the HIGHER the percentage of the visor the LIGHTER it is, with 20% being the darkest visor offered. There are some great colors out there as well, from Oakley blue to the new Shoc rainbow colors.
Anti fog and cleaning solutions are an inexpensive way to preserve your visor and enable maximum vision on the field. In addition, a new Under Armour attachment kit enables a very quick way to attach or remove a visor and it comes in great colors as well.
MOUTHGUARDS / MOUTHPIECES
Mouthguards are also available in a variety of styles and colors. They come in a basic $1 model and increase in price with additional features including gel protection. Typically youth mouthpieces are worn through age 10, children age 11 and up should wear adult mouthpieces unless they have particularly small mouths.
Mouthguards come with straps which attach to the facemask so they don’t get lost during play. Some come with straps that are removable for the players who prefer that style. Many mouthpieces require boiling to mold a proper fit, directions for how to go about this are included with the mouthpiece.
In recent years, mouthpieces with attached lip guards have grown in popularity. They serve the double purpose of protecting the lips and looking very cool. In general, many think that the main function of the mouthpiece is to protect the teeth but equally or more important is its lessening the chances of concussion.
There is very limited space between the helmet and shoulder pads, yet there are certain neck protectors available if necessary. There are stand alone neck rolls with laces which can be tied to the shoulder pads, as well as neck rolls with built in holes which can be screwed into openings at the top of the shoulder pads. These are typically company specific, i.e., the holes on a Schutt neck protector match the holes on Schutt shoulder pads.
We have found that sales of these items have diminished over the years, yet we recommend them if a neck injury has occurred in the past. Otherwise they are somewhat cumbersome and limit the head’s ability to turn easily and view all the different areas on the field. Regarding youth participants, typically their necks are not long enough to accommodate a pad between the helmet and shoulder pad, their heads will not be able to turn smoothly from side to side.
After the helmet, the shoulder pad is the most important piece of equipment worn on the field. There are different models, with different sized parts, but there is really one key element to the fit. The body of the shoulder pad, the part that sits under the cups and epaulets (the hinged pieces on the top of the pads) should reach the end to an inch past the ac joint, the edge of the shoulder bone.
A secondary fit issue is the opening around the neck, although in our experience if the shoulder pad extends across the shoulder properly it will circle the neck comfortably.
The shoulder pads vary according to position. Quarterbacks and wide receivers have lightweight shoulder pads with limited sized cups and epaulets to enable the arms to move freely. Blocking backs and linebackers require a slightly heavier shoulder pad with larger cups and epaulets as they are doing a great deal of hitting with their shoulders while moving at top speed.
Linemen require a flat profile on the top of their pads to prevent the opposing linemen from getting under the shoulder pads to gain leverage. On our website we have all the various shoulder pads categorized by position.
At the youth level, shoulder pads are typically divided into 2 categories, standard pads and “big boy” pads. The Douglas JCP32 is a shorter, lighter pad for your QB’s and running backs, the JCP36 is for your larger hitters. The Schutt 8010 is a great basic pad, the Schutt 8011 is for the big guys. As soon as they walk in the door, it is clear what shoulder pad they require as we see 10 year olds who weigh 60 lbs. and others who are pushing 120.
A back plate, which attaches to the back of the shoulder pad, is recommended for certain position players, most noticeably wide receivers, running backs and kick returners who absorb numerous back blows, as well as players with long torsos in relation to the rest of their bodies.
In addition, a clever way to break in the shoulder pad is to attach a rope or strap around the pad as you would a ball glove to enable it to conform to the body. We also recommend setting the elastic straps or belts which secure the shoulder pads as tight as comfortably possible, both to ensure a good fit, a quick break in period and maximum protection.
There are a number of different types of equipment tp protect the ribs. Quarterbacks wear hard plastic coated flac jackets to protect them from hits from blitzing linebackers and charging D-ends.. The flac jackets came be worn as vests with straps or attached directly to the shoulder pads. We offer a lighter, thinner rib vest for the youth player, which gives them some limited protection without being uncomfortable and making it difficult to handle the football.
In recent years, a compression shirt with sewn in rib pads has grown in popularity, Companies like Nike and McDavid have pioneered this product which offers excellent protection without being bulky. Typically these shirts contain rib, spine and shoulder inserts to offer protection in a variety of areas.
Football pants are also available in a variety of colors and styles. The standard, moderately priced polyester pant serves as an excellent choice for the practice field, and comes with knee and thigh pad pockets. The youth version of this pant comes with snaps which enable the attachment of inexpensive hip and spine pads. Game pants are made of a glossy fabric and often contain lycra, which enables a form fit and prevents the opposition from getting a grip on them. We recommend these pants for the serious player.
The newest entry in the field is the integrated pant, which has sewn in hip, spine, knee and thigh pads. These are a wonderful alternative for the youth player to eliminate the need to insert all the pads (which often end up lost somewhere) and ease the work load on the parents as they can be thrown into the laundry in one piece. The negative is that they will never quite have the form fit of a tight lycra pant, and do not offer the ability to choose the shape and size of the various pads. The serious player might prefer very small knee pads but larger thigh pads or visa versa, so the lycra game pants with inserts are the better choice.
Girdles come in 2 basic forms. The old school girdle is a compression garment with slots for hip and spine pads. The newer models, similar to the previously discussed rib shirts, contain sewn in hip, spine and, in some cases, thigh pads. We have seen these grow in popularity for the adult player, but as the integrated pants have taken over the youth market, they are not as important there.
SOCKS & SPATS
Typically long tube socks which reach the bottom of the football pants are worn on the football field to prevent scratches and cuts, although many athletes prefer the comfort of shorter socks. Spats have grown tremendously in popularity as they offer some leg support, keep debris from entering into the cleats, and again, look very cool. Always remember one of our favorite sports maxims, if you look good you play “good”.
Football cleats are the final piece of the puzzle. They come in youth and adult sizes in low top, mid top and high top styles depending on personal preference but also the need to support the ankles. The less expensive cleats, but certainly sufficient for the youth athlete, have rubber bottoms, the better models contain composite plastic bottoms which are more durable and supportive for the quick movements made out on the football field.
To sum up, in our opinion, football is the greatest sport in the world, but one that requires the most equipment and a considerable financial outlay. We hope we’ve simplified the purchasing process.
5 Best Integrated Football Pants – June 2021
Having top-quality equipment is a priority for all competitive athletes. It’s especially true for football players, whose high-intensity gameplay calls for gear and apparel that can keep up with their demands. That’s why so many players choose integrated football pants: to get the best of both worlds.
Instead of having pants and pads separately, integrated football pants feature sewn-in pads in seven important areas. As a result, they present a money-saving alternative to purchasing twice as much clothing and gear. Integrated football pants are considered a more comfortable option, as there’s no need to periodically adjust padding between plays. Some pairs offer even more comfort with ventilated panels, adjustable waistbands, and or moisture-wicking technology. Overall, integrated football pants are an investment in safety, comfort, and performance.
Take a look at our buying guide on integrated football pants to gear up in time for the next game or practice. We’ve covered the different fits, materials, and design features and to help you choose a pair that is tackle-ready.
Integrated football pants have padding in seven locations. If they’re missing any of the pads, they’re technically not considered integrated and are instead referred to as girdle shorts. Each pad provides a different type of protection.
Dual thigh pads: These pads provide protection to your quadriceps from head-on impact with other players and help to prevent “dead leg.” They also provide shock absorption when you hit the ground.
Dual knee pads: These pads are generally molded and can be somewhat rigid. They protect your knee joint from direct contact with other players and provide a cushion if you land on your knees.
Dual hip pads: These pads protect your hips and hip joints, especially if you’re tackled from the side and land on your hips. As a result, these pads cover the area from the top of your hip down through the bottom of it and nearly reach the level of the thigh pads.
Tailbone pad: This pad protects your sacrum and coccyx, better known as your tailbone. They perform the important job of providing protection from impact that could cause lower back injuries and pinched nerves, especially if you land on your butt or are tackled from behind.
There are three styles of waistbands on integrated football pants. When it comes to fit, this component can make or break a purchase.
Elastic waist: This style is ideal if you want a pair that you can simply put on and take off without much ado. While they’re definitely convenient, some players find the elastic chafes their skin or gets stretched out too quickly.
Belted waist: These pants are tightened and adjusted with an incorporated belt, which is on the inside of the pants except for the front closure. You can get a tight fit with these, but some players find the closure distracting and somewhat constrictive in crouching positions.
Lace-up waist: If you’re particular about a custom fit, opt for lace-up waist styles. These are also ideal for young players going through growth spurts, as they offer maximum adjustability. While you can lace up for a custom fit, some players find it time-consuming to find the right tightness each time they put them on.
Integrated football pants come in youth and adult sizes. There are some companies who manufacture pairs that run the full spectrum from small youth sizes, fitting those who are under 4 feet tall through adult sizes that go up to 4XLT. Other companies separate their sizing and have completely different styles for their youth and adult sizes.
Integrated football pants are most commonly found in black or white. Only certain brands carry a color assortment, and if you’re looking for a unique color, expect to spend a lot more on a pair. In addition to primary colors and related hues, there are also metallic-themed pairs available, though they’re relatively hard to find as only a few apparel companies manufacture them.
Integrated football pants are usually made of polyester, spandex, nylon, and Lyrcra blends to promote flexibility and range of motion. For the most part, these materials have a decent level of tensile strength, so they’ll hold up to the rough-and-tumble of practices and games. They’re not completely indestructible, though, so plan on replacing them at least every season.
As far as the padding goes, they’re made of foam, rubber, and stuffing. Foam is by far the most popular, and in premium styles, it’s molded into unique shapes for superior shock absorption. It’s easy to tell on exposed pads whether they are molded, but you’ll need to do a touch-test for ones that are fully wrapped or sewn in.
Some styles feature ventilated or mesh panels to promote airflow throughout the rest of the pants. These are usually located around the groin region of the pants and take a variety of forms. The smallest version is in the form of thin strips of mesh around the thigh area, which sometimes wrap around to the back of the pants. There are also much larger vents that feature mesh throughout the entire groin area for maximum airflow.
Many apparel companies have signature versions of moisture-wicking technology to keep sweat at bay by drawing it away from the body. You may be familiar with Adidas’ Climalite and Nike’s Dri-Fit materials, though they’re not the only brands to feature wick-away designs in integrated football pants. Most of the mid-range and premium-priced pants from other companies use moisture-wicking fabric — so if this is a feature you want, expect to pay more for it.
Some integrated football pants provide compression, which promotes circulation and prevents muscles from feeling achy. Not only do compression pants encourage blood flow throughout your lower extremities, but they actually promotes blood flow body-wide. As a result, your muscle tissue receives adequate oxygen, which means you won’t fatigue as quickly.
Integrated football pants prices
Integrated football pants generally cost between $25 and $80. Pricing mostly depends on the quality of fit and materials.
Budget-friendly pairs cost between $25 and $35 They stick to the basics with pads and sometimes have adjustable waistbands, but for the most part, don’t expect any stand-out design features with these.
Midrange integrated football pants generally cost between $35 and $60. In this bracket, you’ll find better material blends that often include moisture-wicking, breathability technology, and compression features. Most youth styles hover around this price range as well.
For premium pairs, expect to spend between $60 and $80. These pants have the greatest combination of design features, and their quality means they last far longer than their less expensive counterparts. The padding is also high grade, resulting in superior protection. Adult styles tend to fall into this bracket.
- Have a practice pair. Keep your game pants in their best shape by using a different pair for practice. This prolongs the wear time of the pants.
- Confirm team colors before buying. As there are many shades of blues, reds, and greens, confirm the official team colors before purchasing a pair to ensure you have the correct one.
- Have someone measure you. Measure your height, hip circumference, and inseam to choose the best-fitting pants.
- Monitor the waistband. If you notice the elastic waistband becomes overstretched or feels too loose, it’s time to replace your integrated football pants.
Q. How long will integrated football pants last?
A. On average, they’ll last between 20 to 30 practices or games. It’s safe to say they’ll last a season, provided they don’t get ripped or damage during that time — in which case you’ll need to replace them sooner. Even minor rips affect the overall fit and could shift the placement of the pads, which in turn compromises safety.
Q. How do I wash integrated football pants?
A. It’s recommended to wash them on their own in a gentle cycle with cool water. Avoid using fabric softeners and detergents that have bleach or harsh cleaners, as they degrade the elastic quality of polyester, Spandex, and nylon. They could also saturate the pads and cause them to dry out sooner. Once washed, let the pants line dry thoroughly before their next wear.
Q. My child had a growth spurt during football season, so should I replace their football pants now, or wait until next season?
A. With a growth spurt, chances are your child isn’t comfortable in their integrated football pants anymore. Like the rest of their gear, pants should fit well for safety reasons. Not only do ill-fitting pants mean pads won’t be in the right places, they could become a distraction during games and practice. While they’re not the cheapest to replace, especially if you’re only wearing them for a couple weeks, safety and comfort go hand in hand in sports — and those alone are priceless.
How to dress and wear soccer leggings
Leggings have played one of the most important roles in the sports equipment of football players for decades. They appeared thanks to many years of scientific research. Every year, football models of gaiters are improved so that the player feels as protected as possible on the field.
Features and main functions of football gaiters
This uniform was originally used only to hold soccer shin guards. But today, gaiters are fixed on their own thanks to the presence of special straps.Why don’t athletes refuse additional fixation? There is a logical explanation for this. They carry many important and unique functions:
- Timely removal of excess moisture;
- Comfort during the game due to the breathability of the gaiters;
- Compression support for the lower leg and calf;
- Protection of the skin from all kinds of damage (scratches, bumps, wounds).
It should be understood that comfort is largely dependent on the correct choice of football socks.Therefore, the purchase of such products should be approached with all seriousness. Team options necessarily differ in the same color scheme, go well with the rest of the equipment. When choosing, try to take into account the following requirements:
- Length – must be above the knee or to it, but be sure to completely cover the shields;
- Sufficiently elastic and soft elastic band, which will not block blood flow, but perfectly adhere to the leg;
- There are special anti-slip inserts on the sole;
- Areas that are most often erased are more reliable and durable;
- Arch of feet is supported by a special insert;
- Anatomical cut, that is, the left and right toes are different, which also helps protect the foot and ankle, improves blood flow;
- There are shock absorbing zones on the heel and toe to reduce the load;
- Mesh inserts should be used to improve breathability.
In some cases, such products are created individually for a person. For example, if there is a need to fix the site of a recent injury or add an insert where the boot is rubbing. When purchasing a football kit for the entire team, the manufacturer can take into account the wishes of each individual player.
It is not necessary to wear them for training, since hard plates can be omitted. Short socks are often used. But it is worth understanding that you can get used to light cotton fabric, which can negatively affect the official game.
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Putting on soccer leggings correctly
It all depends on what exactly you are going to combine this piece of clothing with.
If you are using bezel design, the procedure is as follows:
- Pull the fabric clips onto the foot;
- When wearing a shin guard with straps attached, first apply it to the lower leg;
- Next, pull the toe higher;
- If the protection is not fixed, take the sock, then insert the plate inside and tighten everything with the tape.
With a compression stocking, use it first, then attach the rigid part and the retainer. If necessary, the structure is fixed with a holder.
Do you prefer regular socks? In this case, you need to take a compression stocking, then a sock, fix the parts and secure them with an elastic band, pull the leggings.
Some people prefer their own unique ways of wearing this piece of equipment. The famous Ronaldo acts like this:
- Uses socks;
- Applies rigid elements to the legs and partially fixes them with material;
- Takes special trimmed options;
- Fixes everything under and above the shields with tape.
When buying this detail of your image, you should pay careful attention to the composition. Optimally, the amount of elastane is 7-15%.
How do famous players wear football socks?
There are certain rules associated with wearing this part of the kit. But some bypass the regulations and create their own unusual ways. Of course, if they are famous, then their methods become overly popular. A striking example of this can be called the famous “cropped” models of Ronaldo.The question of the first person to do this remains open, but he received all the laurels.
This idea became so popular that sportswear manufacturers even started releasing new models of footless soccer leggings. With their help, you can avoid unpleasant slipping inside the shoe.
Kyle Walker from Manchester City and Gareth Bale from Real Madrid got a lot of attention to their feet when they started cutting small holes in the material. This method, Bale says, helps injured and tired muscles get a little stress.
90,000 Shoe covers, gaiters, flashlights. Test review.
Today we will talk about protecting boots and feet from snow using gaiters and shoe covers. We will conduct tests that will take place in three geographic regions of our planet at once. Yes, the author of our site has such a violent life. The first test will take place in February in Sweden, the second and third in March, at Baikal and Mongolia. All routes are winter, cycling and hiking. In short, there is where to wander in the snow and ice, bask in the March sun and try new products.In this test, we test the products of the company “Equipment”. Why exactly her? Because the line of produced gaiters and shoe covers is very large. Gaiters – three designs, one of which is available in three standard sizes. Shoe covers two designs, large size range. In short, there is plenty to choose from, and more on that below.
First, let’s understand the terms.
Shoe covers is a protective structure for the legs and boots, which completely cover the boot and part or all of the shin.Why is this good? Shoe covers are the most reliable way to deal with snow and even water. Snow will not pour into the boot through the top, will not stick to the boot, and then will not penetrate inside, melting. What’s bad? Shoe covers weigh more, shoe covers cover the sole of the boot, which has a protector. And the protector is not just that. In a word, it is much better to walk in boots than in shoe covers, provided that it is necessary to “use” the sole. It is especially pleasant to fall in shoe covers under the snow, if there is water under it, for example, on ice. Shoe covers, of course, are not intended to walk on water like dry, but the consequences of a short immersion in ice sludge neutralize well.
To have the advantages of shoe covers, but not to have their disadvantages, gaiters were invented. Roughly speaking, a gaiter is a shoe cover without a bottom. It protects the boot from the ingress of snow (mud) through the top, and closes the top of the boot. Only the toe remains visible. Leggings, if made correctly, fit tightly to the bottom of the boot and the shin on top. In practice, it allows you to walk in deep snow without big problems, especially if your boot has not lost its waterproof properties.
An additional and pleasant bonus from the use of footwear-gaiters-gaiters is the warming of the legs.Yes, the legs are warmer, both the feet, which are in the boot, and the shins. In the photo below – ordinary gaiters and light gaiters .
Our test review is carried out on the model range of shoe-gaiters manufactured by “Equipment”. What is what?
- Classic shoe cover . Galoshes on the bottom, breathable fabric (avisent) on the top. http://www.equip.ru/shop?mode=product&product_id=1873200 Note that this shoe cover is made on the basis of two types of galoshes.Ordinary household – “rubber”, and PVC galoshes. You can choose, but the author’s preferences for rubber overshoes. They are somehow “more graceful” to sit on the feet, fit the boot more closely. On the other hand, these galoshes differ from each other in shape. if you take it, try it on your boot.
- Bigfoot shoe cover . http://www.equip.ru/shop?mode=product&product_id=1873400 A similar design, in which a cutout is made in the top of the overshoe, closed with the same ad. For what? The manufacturer claims to fit into the construction of ooooooo big boots.Not in the sense of large sizes, for this you can choose the appropriate size shoe covers. Their sizes are determined by the size of the galoshes. And such big shoes, well, just with a very big nose. Well, maybe. Ordinary shoe covers fit well on the author’s trekking boot.
- High leggings, classic http://www.equip.ru/shop?mode=product&product_id=1872400, When choosing leggings, pay attention to the fact that they have different heights! They can be selected according to the size of your shin.This is important, because in addition to the different sizes of the shins, the gaiters also have different girths of the shoes and shins. And gaiters should fit tightly. No snow-permeable gaps.
- High leggings, lightweight “light” http://www.equip.ru/shop?mode=product&product_id=1872600. Lightweight gaiters, lightweight gaiters … And how are they lightened? They are made of two parts, not one like classic gaiters. These gaiters do not have a zipper, and their upper is made of lighter fabric, and, in this regard, gaiters are lighter in weight.How much? Light gaiters have a weight of 300 grams, and “simple” gaiters (of the same size) – 400 grams. In general, it is quite significant – a quarter of the weight.
- Leggings mini . http://www.equip.ru/shop?mode=product&product_id=1872800 The thing that saves weight is the “mini” leggings. 120 grams of steam. “Mini” in this case determines the height, which is 27 cm. Classic gaiters, let me remind you, start at 45 cm. The most important thing, the most important thing they do, is to protect the top of the boot where it joins the pants.This is the best solution against snow in this area. Do not tuck in your pants, do not lace up your shoes, and the most reliable prevention of snow ingress is shoe covers or gaiters. Is it needed higher? And above – you can do it. Of course, it’s nice when the shins are warmer, but this can be achieved by other methods if the weight is critical. And, of course, you have to look at what you are wearing. If you walk in waterproof pants, then high leggings may not be needed at all. If in a Polartec, for example, it’s a different matter. Well, let’s see what happens during the test.
So, our test took place in the March Transbaikalia and in Mongolia at Lake Khubsugul. Let’s face it, the places are not the most snowy, but I also had to walk through the snow.
1. “Mini” leggings. In test conditions, when there was little snow, they performed well. And in those cases when there was a lot of snow, but at the same time it was rather cold, they also proved to be quite good. You can even say that for frosty weather it is an excellent choice, despite the amount of snow.Here we must take into account that the tester, and I was him personally, was wearing thermal underwear Sportful (Heavy) http://activeinfo.ru/review/product.php?pid=118, and membrane pants Vaude Krypton Pants http : //activeinfo.ru/review/product.php? pid = 1465. Hence, it is clear that I did not need to cover my legs above the place of articulation of the boot and trousers. Not just useless, but harmful. After all, if we put something else on top of the membrane, then theoretically moisture will condense between the membrane and this very “something else”.Theoretically, because in the case of “mini” winter gaiters, this did not happen. What is the reason? The reason is that they cover a very small part of the leg, and besides, not the most sweating part. In a word, the inconvenience of wearing something else on the membrane is not. Freezing did not occur, despite the fact that I put on these gaiters in the morning before leaving the tent, and took off in the evening, after climbing into the tent. In this case, the material of the gaiters is cordura. Why, by the way, not an advice? Who breathes? The answer, I think, lies in the area of strength.Leggings “mini” (winter) are located where they experience heavy loads. Either you touch one foot against the other, then a stone, a snag or something else you rub. Summarizing the advantages, we note:
- Not felt on the leg. Put it on and forget. Light, small. The leg does not overheat. You just don’t feel them and that’s it.
- Do not move out. Well, there is such a problem when gaiters strive to move off their feet. These do not move out.
- They fulfill their mission.
- Twice as comfortable when cycling.
- I don’t see any flaws in the model, the only thing I have to write is that leggings and shoe covers should not be confused. What is the problem? Leggings do not protect the boot itself. And if the snow is wet, the boot is warm, then it is better to use shoe covers to exclude contact between the snow and the boot altogether. Even if the boot is conditionally waterproof.
An additional “test” turned out to be ankle-deep sinking into the water under the ice. I did not plan this test :), but it came true somehow by itself.The equipment worked as it should – no water entered the boot through the top. Although in the evening, under the gaiters, I found several pieces of ice. Apparently a little bit of water got under the gaiter. In short, you can’t walk in leggings up to your knees in water, but you can fall through once.
What can be recommended to the manufacturer is to mark the left and right gaiters. Not that they are indistinguishable by eye. They are mirrored, you can’t confuse them. Another turn, when in the morning you have to be on duty, and you, not wanting to wake anyone up, dress in the dark in the corner of the tent, using a headlamp.Here the marking would not be superfluous.
The second item on the test was shoe covers with galoshes .
Shoe covers for our type of tourism are heavy artillery. If possible, we try not to wear them all day, but put them on in parking lots. Why so? Shoe covers, like equipment class, have their drawbacks. They impair the grip of the shoe with the surface, because the overshoe covers the protector. They are heavy, you can feel them on your feet. Some shoe covers tend to slip off the foot… In a word, if it were not for the wet snow :), we, of course, would not wear shoe covers. But this is a drawback of shoe covers as a class of equipment in general. Now let’s consider a specific version of the shoe covers from the Equipment that we had on the test. See the photo on the right.
Overall, the Equipment has a classic design. Overshoes, non-membrane upper, zip, under-knee puffs. Built-in loop for easy donning. In a word, a simple, common design.
According to the test results, they deserve a good mark.They almost do not slip, they sit well on the leg. The material of the bootleg is avisent, which is known to breathe well. It gets wet no less well if it rains, but such shoe covers are not worn in the rain :). There were no problems with snow. The snow easily rolled off the shoe covers, I did not think to melt, there were no problems.
Finally, we tested “ high classic gaiters “. They showed themselves on the good side, although it was not possible to fully experience them, walking knee-deep in the snow. Snow was at most half the height of the gaiters.In principle, this is also enough. The design is interesting, but not indisputable, although successful :). What can you argue about? For example, about ventilation. When walking in deep snow, you can hardly open the ventilation. When you walk in the snow, which is not enough, you can tuck your gaiters. As, for example, the same shoe covers described above, the benefit of the zipper-fastener, gives the impression of high quality, and can withstand such bullying. On the third hand, walking in “regular seated gaiters” (and normally these gaiters sit well, do not slip, are adjustable along the stirrup under the shoe, have a flexible fastener on top) is much more beautiful than in tucked ones.In a word, we generally approve of ventilation, we appreciate the elastic on the shins (gaiters do not sail in this place, they rub less against each other). The main thesis of “approval” of ventilation was this: in the morning you put on your leggings with a fresh head, and went, for example, through deep snow. And then he went to the present. And then again I fell into deep snow. Every time to tuck – to unfold gaiters? No: went to the crust (road), opened the ventilation.
I now give the floor to M. Kamentsev, who is responsible for the gamash test.
Appearance: Before that I dealt with gaiters of many companies, and gaiters from Equipment are undoubtedly the most “new”.Let’s note a few things – the fastening system that allows you to avoid slipping; ventilation, especially active due to the large length. Beautiful!
Scope of application: It makes sense to use leggings of this length for increased snow cover, which is characteristic of the last winters in our latitudes. The use for hiking (not winter) tourism, I think, should be considered with a not very heavy load, since despite the additional. Ventilation of the legs will be hot when the air temperature is over 5-7 degrees.The material is waterproof, so in gaiters you can safely walk through swampy areas.
Cons: The main disadvantage is a consequence of the advantages: a sophisticated design, in conjunction with a waterproof material, makes the weight of the gaiters quite large. For sports and cycling applications, it is more expedient to use lighter Leggings, Equipment Light or Leggings, Equipment Mini.
Instead of a conclusion.
We have tested a number of gaiters and shoe covers manufactured by “Equipment”.Each model has its own pros and cons. Of course, there is no “universal” ideal. But the choice is wide, you can choose the option for yourself. For example, for my hikes I now choose a combination of “classic shoe covers” (deep snow, bivouac) + “mini leggings (winter)” (movement along the route).
Information taken from the site http://activeinfo.ru
90,000 CYCLES – what is a diaper for?
CYCLING – what is a diaper for?
Cycling clothing – what is a diaper for?
The most piquant and important part of the bike form is the bike saddle or, in the common people, the diaper.Road riders without it, cross-country riders too, and even downhillers and endurers with “plush” suspensions are increasingly using bike saddles sewn into shorts and breeches. Every cyclist sooner or later realizes that it is much more comfortable in cycling shorts or cycling shorts with a diaper than without it. So what is it for?
Actually, a lot has been written about this on the Internet, but more is better than less. Some fun-loving pros make fun of teapots, saying that a diaper is needed in order to carry out natural necessities without getting off the bike.Athletes are cheerful people! But seriously, the main goals of a bike saddle are: reducing scuffs and irritation, thermoregulation, and maintaining normal blood flow. Contrary to popular belief, the diaper is designed to soften the stiffness of the saddle – this is not its main effect. For this purpose, a gel saddle cover is more suitable. But first things first.
Abrasion and irritation
The longer and more intense the pedaling, the stronger the skin friction in the perineal region.Cutting-edge precision laser cutting technology and seamless construction like Craft’s bike saddles keep friction to a minimum. The hypoallergenic, antibacterial, hygienic materials of the inner layer in contact with the skin reduce the possibility of irritation. Hence the conclusion: cycling shorts with a diaper should be worn on a naked body – any underwear (panties, swimming trunks) will rub, irritate and cause all sorts of discomfort.
Modern foam materials allow not only to maintain the desired density and softness for a long time, but also to allow more air to pass through, ventilating the cyclist’s “workplace”.The inner layer uses moisture-wicking materials to wick sweat away from the skin. The latest thermal fabrics of the outer layer of the saddle complete the picture of maintaining a comfortable microclimate. Kraft cycling gear, for example, uses bioceramic fabrics to cool when it’s hot and keep you warm when it’s cold.
Maintaining normal blood flow
The anatomical, relief design of the diaper with various supporting inserts, bends, seals and softeners is responsible for this.This reduces the likelihood of pinching the blood vessels in the pelvic region. Finding the optimal saddle is not easy. Not only do each have their own anatomical features and different saddles, but the racing position is also different from the walking one. Accordingly, the points of maximum pressure are different for everyone. Bicycle saddles, of course, are divided into racing and walking, female and male, in terms of density, shape and size, but no one will give specific advice on selection – everything is very individual. Therefore, here only by trial and luck.
Not the main effect
Of course, in diapers, especially for amateur ones, for a complete set of options, different shock-absorbing and anti-shock systems are used. They are usually found in the gluteal region. So when it shakes hard on a bumpy road, it softens the vibration.
You quickly get used to diapers, like everything good. Modern synthetic materials are quite wear-resistant and are not afraid of frequent washings. So use padded cycling shorts and wash them after every ride for comfort, health and personal hygiene.
Material prepared by experts of the online store Sportkult.ru .
Outfit for motorcyclists: stylish jackets, trousers, boots and gloves
You’ve probably seen a huge number of films in which the main character cuts on a motorcycle. At the same time, the obligatory attribute of the trip is not a helmet and equipment, but a beauty, frightenedly clinging to her savior and potential husband. Such scenes look very brutal and dramatic.True, not for resuscitators, who know too well what will happen if the hero loses control from romantic experiences.
We have already talked about motorcycle helmets, which are so stylish that the heroes of New York street style will take on them a little more. But in the event of an accident, you probably want to save not only your head, but other parts of your body as well. That is why you should not neglect full-fledged equipment that meets safety standards. Leave the sports jumpsuits with the logos of the companies that produce motor oils to the fans of motocross and freshmen hanging out at the “show”.For a comfortable and safe city ride, quite familiar clothes will be enough: jackets, trousers, boots and gloves. The main thing is that everyone has the prefix “moto”.
Marlon Brando poses for the poster for the movie “The Savage”
The leather jackets we are used to, really came from the biker culture, but in the process of turning into everyday clothes, they lost all functionality. As bitter as it is to admit it, riding in your favorite leather jacket is not a brilliant idea. A motorcycle jacket should be really strong (to protect your skin from rubbing against the asphalt), have extra protection in the shoulder and elbow area (thicker layer of leather plus overlays), and also fit fairly tightly (and at the same time have good ventilation) …Agree, it looks more like the instructions for the Tony Stark suit than the description of the average leather jacket with Mr Porter. The good news is that under all these conditions, motorcycle jackets can be very pretty. And, by the way, in addition to leather jackets, there are textile jackets that look quite ordinary from the outside, but protect them no worse than leather jackets.
Biker Jacket, Matchless Wild One Moto
Suede jacket, Belstaff Druids
Textile Jacket, Matchless Paddington Blouson
Leather jacket, Dainese Rapida72
Motorcycle trousers are more difficult to pass off as everyday ones: pockets for protectors on the hips and knees will certainly give out your hobby even to those who are as far as possible from the biker theme, especially if you prefer leather trousers to textile trousers.Alternatively, jeans with a kevlar lining, which will be most similar to what you usually wear. Choose a model under which you can wear knee protectors: jeans on their own, albeit very durable, will not provide the necessary level of safety. And yes, even in the hottest weather, you shouldn’t wear shorts.
Jeans, Belstaff New Villiers
Leather trousers, Rev’It! Gear 2
Jeans with Kevlar lining, John Doe Kamikaze
Leather Pants, Belstaff Ipswich
If, when you mention motorcycle shoes, you imagine high boots that are as comfortable to walk in as snowboard boots, then there is a reason for joy – you can move around the city in a slightly more appropriate way.There are two options: ankle boots or massive boots, similar to Dr. Martens. Either way, boots should have a solid, non-slip sole and be tall enough to protect your ankles. How stylish motorcycle shoes look is a moot point. You should definitely not wear motorcycle boots only – in 99 cases out of 100 they look ridiculous both on the bike and in life.
Lace-up High Boots, Merlin G24 Drax
Ankle boots, Belstaff Whitwood
Lace-up boots, Helstons Messenger
Lace-up boots, Belstaff Anderson
We think the need to protect your hands is obvious – at least once everyone fell on their hands (even if not from a motorcycle).Gloves should completely cover the hands and wrists and should be firmly fixed on the arm. For summer trips, choose lighter models with good ventilation and remember that at speed you will not be hot even at + 35 °. Another important caveat: fingerless gloves are a little more useless than completely, and look terrible, even (or especially?) When Karl Lagerfeld puts them on.
Gloves, Dainese Solarys Short GTX
Gloves, Biltwell Bantam
Gloves, Modeka Mesh
Gloves, Blauer Banner
Additional protection includes all kinds of pads and protectors.They make it possible to further protect the elbows, knees, shoulders, chest, back and neck. And if in the case of clothes it is not forbidden to think about how you look, then when choosing protection, focus solely on the functionality and quality of the material. As with helmets, it is better to choose certified products (for example, according to the European CE standard). Whether you need a motorcycle turtle (long-sleeved vest that makes everyone look like American football players) for city driving or a quality jacket with overlays is enough for you, it’s up to you.But it seems to us that a little paranoia does not hurt: thinking over the image, imagine yourself as Bond. Not in the sense of a tipsy handsome man, but those whom everyone (at least on the road) wants to kill. Then it will be easier to make a choice in favor of more serious protection.
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Everything a beginner needs to know
The universal sport is running. It is not tied to either climate or weather conditions. And frosty – not a reason to postpone jogging until the first spring rays, pausing training and classes. But, winter running is very different from running in other seasons.
What are the advantages of winter running, how to approach this process correctly, what to wear? We will deal with all these issues in as much detail as possible.
What to run in winter
Before choosing clothes for winter running, it is worth highlighting all the advantages of winter running:
- Excellent body hardening.The body begins to get used to the cold environment, which has a positive effect on the body’s resistance to various diseases that “walk” at this time of the year;
- Breathing training. When running in the cold, air entering the respiratory tract increases the volume of the lungs, makes the walls of the organ thicker;
- Strengthening the immune system. In the process of exercising, the immune system improves, which allows the body to fight many harmful bacteria and viruses.As a result, you will be less likely to get sick;
- Improving the “quality” of blood. Winter running thins blood, which helps prevent thrombosis. Moreover, a large amount of oxygen enters the blood, which is so little in the cold season;
- Increased energy. Jogging in winter can provide a burst of energy for the whole day, since the air contains a large amount of aeroinones, which has an invigorating effect.
Let’s go back to the question of what to run in the winter in the street.It is important to understand that there is no concept of “what clothes to run in”, it all depends on the specific weather conditions. Consider what winter running equipment should be based on the weather outside your window.
In order not to write too much, we have prepared signs for you that will help you easily navigate with the choice of clothing for jogging.
If there is an anticyclone outside (dry, clear, and no wind), then it is better to run outside in winter at:
Sneakers & Pants,
0 to -5 degrees
Thermal underwear or insulated underpants.
The underpants can be worn over thermal underwear.
Warm joggers can also be used
Long-sleeved jacket, windbreaker.
-5 to -10 degrees
A fleece jacket is put under the jacket.
From -15 degrees
It is imperative to wear thermal underwear under the pants.
In three layers:
In addition, it is better to wear running mittens or gloves on your hands, as well as a hat for this weather (the form of equipment for running on the street “autumn winter”). A scarf and balaclava can also come in handy.
How to dress for a jog when there is wind and snow outside:
0 to -5 degrees
Pants with a warm insert on the front of the leg or thermal underwear.
Long T-shirt, windbreaker with a hood.
Wear a visor to protect your face.
Mittens and a hat must be worn.
From -10 degrees
If the temperature during the cyclone dropped to such a temperature, then it is not recommended to go jogging.
All of the above equipment is suitable for both men and women. If you don’t know which jacket to run in in winter, then you should definitely explore the market for special membrane products worn by skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts.
Winter running shoes
Now let’s take a closer look at the shoes that a runner should have in the winter season.
It is imperative to put on rubber pads on the sneakers, which play the role of “ice drifts”.You can buy it at any sports store.
Knowing the type of road is extremely important. Let’s take an example, in which sneakers to run on the street in winter, depending on the road surface.
Asphalt . Spring-autumn shoes with insulated socks will do. Warm leggings or comfortable socks should be worn under the bottom.
Packed snow (height below the sole of the shoe). These roads are usually found in parks.The sole of the running shoes should be as abrasive as possible, and the top layer should be membrane to cope well with moisture release.
Snow lies in a thick layer (above the ankle, up to the knee). Professional cross-country running shoes, with a layered abrasive sole, the top is made using membrane technology.
Ice (mixed with snow in some areas). Summer or spring sneaker with studs in the sole or an attachable studded overlay.If it is severe frost outside, then you need to wear warm socks or leggings.
Ice and snow during warming. Shoes with abrasive soles, upper – membrane. On the sole, either spikes or spike pads must be present.
“Porridge” made of ice and snow. Running shoes for running outdoors in winter is the most difficult thing. Running on such a track is extremely dangerous. Therefore, it is not worth considering it for training.
So that you do not ask yourself the question “in what shoes to run in winter?”, It is worthwhile in the summer / autumn to study the models that the market offers.as a rule, in any sports store there are a lot of models designed specifically for winter runs. As an example, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with Asics winter running shoes for men.
Is it possible to run on the street in winter
When asked “is it worth running in cold weather?” you can answer unequivocally – yes! Running in winter can be, in some ways, even healthier than summer jogging. Moreover, it doesn’t matter if you run in the morning or in the evening.
So, you can, as at any other time of the year, jog to lose weight and improve physical fitness, increase endurance and temper the body.But in order not to catch a cold, you need to follow all the instructions below.
If you are cautiously considering such a training option for yourself, then let’s figure it out together with all the pros and cons of winter jogging.
Running outdoors in winter: benefits and harms
Winter running is useful only for healthy people. He will help to cope with “winter lethargy”, weakness, laziness. The biggest problem is shortness of breath. To cope with it, you need to breathe through your nose.
And in order to minimize the negative effect of cold on the body, you just need to buy a ski mask, which perfectly copes with the “neutralization” of the cooled air flow that irritates the respiratory system.
It doesn’t matter if you run to lose weight or to improve your overall health. The main thing is not to overwork, gradually increasing the load, and not to overcool in the cold, and after arriving home, immediately take a warm shower.
How many degrees can you run in winter
The opinions of medical experts and professional athletes differ on this issue.It all depends on the characteristics of the organism of each individual person, the weather conditions outside the window, and the state of health.
But, both those and those other knowledgeable people are advised not to go jogging at an ambient temperature of more than 15 degrees below zero. An exception may be people who are engaged in winter jogging, and the hardening of the body is not the first year.
How to run outdoors in winter: basic rules and mistakes of beginners
To run properly in winter, you need to know some important subtleties of this “process”.
We run correctly in winter:
- We monitor the temperature and weather. In different countries, the winter season passes in its own way. It is useful to start jogging in the fall – before the onset of cold weather. So the body will have time to adapt to lower winter temperatures;
- Remember the clothes. Of course, it is extremely dangerous for a novice runner to run naked in winter or even in a single T-shirt. It is important to put on “equipment” according to the tables above;
- Choosing where to run in winter.Optimally – closed places like parks, forests, near hills, high-rise buildings, etc. You should try to stay as close to them as possible to protect yourself from wind and snow;
- Let’s learn how to run in winter and not get sick. Never start a run if you are not feeling well. And at the first signs of discomfort after running, you need to immediately see a doctor. It is best to undergo a medical examination before starting training;
- Warm up.It is important for warming up muscles and developing joints. Moreover, pre-workout exercise will make your run more effective;
- Remember the lips. If you do not wear a balaclava, then before going outside, you should lubricate your lips with oily moisturizing lipstick, which will protect them from frostbite and cracking;
- We run clearly in time. The length of the run depends on the level of the athlete. If you are just starting out, then it is worth starting classes from 15-20 minutes, each time increasing the workout by 5 minutes;
- We adhere to the frequency of the races.Experienced athletes recommend doing winter jogging not every day, but 2-3 times a week. This will give time to “unload” muscles and joints, restore their shape;
- Remember the liquid. Of course, you can take a bottle of water with you and drink it when you start to feel thirsty. But, you can just fill your stomach with liquid before training.
Basic mistakes of novice athletes
Beginners often choose the wrong winter running clothes.Usually they put on too warmly, and after the first 4-5 kilometers they get terribly hot. Here it is worth remembering an important rule – you need to dress for a run so that it would be a little cool on the street in running “outfit”.
If you went out and immediately felt warm, then during the time it will be 100% hot and uncomfortable. In shoes, the main thing is strength, type of sole, and comfort of wearing. Running shoes should have a water-repellent coating so that your feet do not get wet while running.
During training, you must always be in motion. This is especially important for those who often fall ill with colds in the winter. If you do not make stops, then no ARVI will “catch up” with you. If you are very tired, all you are allowed to do is switch to walking.
Determine in advance where to run in the winter in Moscow (or in any other city in the country). The route needs to be thought out for your own safety. You need to know where you are running, what potential obstacles might await you, how well-lit the roads are, etc.d.
It is also important to remember about running technique. In order not to injure yourself, try to run with each foot on the road as much as possible to reduce the stress on the calf and thigh muscles. It is important to breathe correctly, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.
How to start running in winter
Before jogging outside in winter, it’s worth understanding one important thing – you can’t just go outside in sub-zero temperatures and start. Frost makes joints and muscles less flexible, and you definitely need to prepare properly.
Outdoor running in winter: what you need to know for a beginner who wants to start from scratch
- Keep your head and hands warm
- If you do not protect your hands and head, you may catch a cold. Therefore, you need to wear a tight-fitting insulated hat and mittens / gloves.
- Thermal underwear – our “everything”
- Specialty underwear – ideal for the winter runner. Such clothes are sewn using a special technology, from a special fabric, and they are created just for winter sports.This garment retains warmth like wool and is excellent at absorbing moisture.
- Follow the pulse
- In cold weather, the pulse becomes much faster. This is necessary for rapid blood circulation so that you do not freeze. But, it is better not to turn on your “inner sprinter”, and put on a heart rate monitor. Its optimal performance is 130-160 beats per minute.
This is all you need for running outdoors in winter. The main thing is to constantly increase the duration of training, monitor your health, and follow all the basic rules described above.So you will definitely become healthier and stronger!
Clothes for martial arts or MMA for dummies
The world was blown up by the wave of MMA. More and more countries are keen on mixed martial arts. Russia is no exception. In addition to the broadcasts of foreign tournaments, there are events, federations, athletes and fans of Mix Martial Arts. Any self-respecting sports club must have a Mixfight section. MMA is a full contact fight using striking techniques and wrestling both in a standing position (clinch) and on the floor (parterre).If you are already ripe to try mixed martial arts on yourself, then you should definitely read our instructions!
Club selection. Where to go?
In Moscow, the popularity of MMA is overwhelming. Now almost every club has a MixFight group. It is best to find a room closer to work or home. On your first visit, be sure to ask about the trainer’s regalia. It is he who will be your mentor, which means that you must know who you are going to confide in. It is very good if the club has its own team of active athletes – this speaks of the professionalism of the coaching staff.
When the choice is made, you move on to pressing, important, questions about the choice of ammunition for training.
When choosing your outfit, the first thing you need to do is take care of the gloves. What to pay attention to ?
MMA gloves are different from those you used in your youth on the boxing section.
Instead of boxing gloves in MMA, open-finger pads are used. They are significantly thinner, with professionals using 4oz gloves and amateurs using 6oz gloves.The pads are needed to protect the fists and reduce the number of cuts.
Now there is a huge assortment on the market, some of the best are Hayabusa gloves, Venum gloves, Bad Boy gloves, Punch Town gloves and others. Before you buy, be sure to try it on and understand how comfortable your hand is and whether the hand is squeezed.
Next, shorts are an equally important factor during MMA training. Which ones to choose?
Shorts, first of all, must be durable and comfortable.They should not have pockets, buttons or zippers (so as not to get caught during sparring). They should fit well at the waist so as not to slip off during the fight.
Shorts can be wide and long made of polyester (most often used by MMA fighters) or tight, short made of lycra (like Fedor Emelianenko’s)
Ordinary shorts because of the inner mesh rub a lot and do not make it possible to wear protection on the groin. MMA shorts have their own “gadgets”. Special Lycra inserts, rubber sprays for fixing the shorts on the body help to achieve better results without being distracted by trifles.
The most popular models are Venum MMA shorts, Sprawl shorts, Hayabusa shorts
Rashguard, what is it and why is it needed?
Rashguard is a special durable T-shirt made of synthetic material that fits snugly to the body. It protects the skin from irritation, abrasions and scratches during sparring. In addition, it has the effect of a compression garment – it improves blood circulation, maintains body temperature after warm-up and maintains muscle tone throughout the workout.
Now rashguards are in demand in American football, baseball, water polo, crossfit and any kind of training, as the material adheres well to the body and allows moisture to pass through without creating discomfort, which is very important during sports. Also, as comfort and protection of the skin, athletes often use compression pants under shorts. Their characteristics are similar to a rashguard.
The very first rashguards were released by Under Armor, the Scramble rashguards are no less popular, they are distinguished by their unique style and quality Fuji rashguards and Hayabusa rashguards
How to protect yourself from injury during training?
Of course, bruises, bruises, cuts during sparring with a partner are not excluded.No one is immune from this, but if you consciously decide to go into such a cruel, masculine, uncompromising sport, you are not afraid of these little things. However, equipment can protect you from unnecessary damage. First of all, this is a helmet. Wearing a training helmet won’t hurt your face or get concussed even if you miss a kick from your partner. They perfectly cope with the protection of Venum helmet, Hayabusa helmet and Kimurawear helmet
For practicing kicks, the best protection for the shin will be special pads on the legs (shingards), in which it is convenient to spar.
Which company to choose and where to buy?
Of course, it all depends on your preferences. If you are an active fan of martial arts, you probably follow your favorite athletes, which means that you are well acquainted with the leading brands in the world of MMA: Venum, BadBoy, Hayabusa, Headrush, etc. Each brand has its own unique style, design, and quality deserves all praise. Clothes made for MMA are more durable and well adapted to your loads.
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What is the name of the groin protection and how to choose it correctly – RealBoxing Blog.ru
Strikes to the groin are prohibited in all types of martial arts, but nevertheless, there are frequent cases of accidental hits. Needless to say, such hits are very painful and can cause irreparable harm to men’s health?
This applies not only to sports where kicks are allowed (mixed martial arts, Thai boxing, karate, kickboxing), but also boxing.
Therefore, there is nothing more frivolous than neglecting this fact and going into a fight or sparring without groin protection.
There are four types of groin protection:
- wide boxing belt made of shock-absorbing material with a protector in the groin area;
- compression shorts with a built-in shell (or with a pocket for it).
Bondage – equipment is more serious than an ordinary boxing shell, it can be said, the same shell, but with additional linings.In addition to the groin, they can protect the lymph nodes, the lower abdomen, and partly the kidneys.
A good bandage should provide ventilation of the groin area, additionally cushion. Some models have gel layers. The bandage is put on independently, like underpants, through the legs. The shell is usually with elastic bands.
The depth of the sink is very individualized. And if it is a little more than necessary – it’s not scary. Worse when it is smaller. In this case, the bandage will “press”, interfere, cause discomfort.The shell can slide to the side and stop performing its protective functions.
Fasteners, “belt”, elastic bands, straps must be strictly in size. Small ones will crush and interfere, large ones will dangle and not hold the sink in the right place. On many models of bandages, they are adjustable, if not, you need to hem them yourself.
Plastic or metal? Metal is, of course, more reliable, but modern types of plastics used in the manufacture of equipment are also very difficult to break.In the production of groin protectors, polycarbonate, carbon, various types of plastic are used.
Better, of course, to use the products of well-known brands, its quality has been tested over the years and millions of fighters – Everlast, Hayabusa, Venum, Twins, RDX, Green Hill.
Groin protectors are not only for men, but also for women.
How to choose the size of the bandage:
- XS – for children, preschool;
- S – for children;
- M – teenage;
- L – adult;
- XL – for “big” men.
Many manufacturers indicate the size of the groin protection depending on the girth of the belt or the height of the athlete, in centimeters. In this case, the belt (waist) should be measured 2-4 cm above the hips. These dimensions are indicated on the packaging or in the instructions for the product. It’s a big mistake to spar without being properly equipped. Martial arts is a tough sport and the consequences of accidental blows can be very sad.
Take care of yourself!